DAN METAL MASKS, Liberia

 Dan
Mask 51
9"
$200

 Dan
Mask 52
8.75"
$200

  Dan
Mask 54
8.75"
$200

 Dan
Mask 55
8,75"
$200

The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 

  Dan
Mask 53
8.5"
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DAN, METAL MASKS, Liberia and Ivory Coast

These modern examples in metal were probably made to be sold and were never worn.

There are regional variations among the masks of the Dan people who live in the western part of Ivory Coast and eastern Liberia but they are generally characterized by a concave face, a pointed chin, a protruding mouth, an upturned nose and a high-domed forehead.

Now used principally in performance for tourists, the various masks had traditional functions ranging from entertainment to initiation to social control.

We recommend an excellent chapter on the masks of the Dan people, including the various styles and their functions, in The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

 

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